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Poster: cosmicharlie Date: Oct 11, 2006 10:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD Shows 73-78 w/o Donna.

that's a tough question....there are some hints in this 1998 interview > http://www.levity.com/gans/Donna.980328.html

where she mentions leaving halfway thru her 2nd to last tour >

Donna:
And we realized that we had to get out of the band. We talked about it; we said, "We're not quitters. We don't know how to quit." But we knew we that we needed to be out of the band. It was nobody's fault, it's just what was happening. And never would there be any blame there in any way. Everybody's responsible for their own actions. But we knew we needed to be out of the band. Now, they did, too, and I can maybe take this opportunity to clarify. I get questions: "Did you guys quit or were you fired?" And I say very honestly, it was both. Very much both. I left a tour mid-tour once, and I can't remember what that tour was, but I left in the middle of the tour. I just said, I can't do this anymore.

So it was after that tour, then Keith and I did one more tour. And there was a meeting at mine and Keith's house, and the whole band came, and they -- I believe it was Bobby that said, "We think you guys need to do your own musical thing, and it's time for you to go and do what you want to do." And we said, we agree. That's where *we* were at. So it was a very mutual decision. But they did say that. I want to get that on record. There was a meeting at our house, and they let us know it was time, and we let them know we were definitely in agreement that it was time. Therefore, it was never real strained or weird. Keith and I just went about doing what we needed to do and so did they.